Demi Lovato: From “Sober” Confession to Overdose

By |2019-01-03T18:49:38+00:00July 30th, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: While all the details aren’t yet known about the possible overdose Demi Lovato recently suffered, what IS known is that the 25-year-old singer and actress has a long and well-publicized personal history of substance abuse and mental illness. Using that information, this is an attempt to provide context to her struggles in the hope of educating and helping others who might be dealing with similar issues. “…this is definitely a medical emergency for her.” ~ 911 dispatcher, July 24, 2018 Demi Lovato: From “Sober” Confession to Overdose At 11:22 am on July 24, [...]

What Claimed the Life of Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan??

By |2018-12-29T02:03:51+00:00May 25th, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: The cause of death of Dolores O’Riordan has not been released. This article’s purpose is to educate about mental health and substance abuse risks. It has not been confirmed that O’Riordan used any illicit drugs or died by suicide at this time. On January 15, Cranberries singer, Dolores O’Riordan, was found dead in a London hotel room. She was only 46. With O’Riordan out front, the Cranberries achieved worldwide fame and sold millions of albums. Despite the public success, however, O’Riordan privately struggled with trauma, physical pain, substance abuse, personal setbacks, and mental health [...]

Naloxone Short-Term Savings: Alarming Overdose Rates Following Its Life-Saving Benefits

By |2018-12-29T02:20:59+00:00February 22nd, 2018|

Thousands of opioid users are saved from overdose each year thanks to the reversing effects of Narcan (naloxone). What is this miracle drug and how does it work? Have you ever seen someone overdosing on heroin? It is a terrifying sight, like something out of your worst nightmare. If someone smokes, snorts, or injects too much heroin, their breathing slows or stops entirely, decreasing or cutting off the supply of oxygen to the brain. When someone is overdosing, they are usually nonresponsive or passed out entirely. Without immediate medical intervention, their risk of sudden [...]

Star Treatment: The Senseless Overdose Deaths of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Tom Petty

By |2018-12-29T02:22:40+00:00February 8th, 2018|

“Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.” ~ Wife Dana and daughter Andria Petty, on Tom Petty’s official website On October 2, 2017, music legend Tom Petty passed away after earlier being found unconscious and unresponsive in his Malibu home. The original cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest. Petty was 66 years old. In a more-than-40-year, career, and his bands [...]

Overdose Death of Stormchaser Joel Taylor Highlights the Dangers of Party Drugs

By |2018-12-29T02:25:36+00:00January 30th, 2018|

On January 23rd, Joel Taylor, former star of the Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, was discovered dead in his cabin aboard Harmony of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Taylor, originally from Oklahoma, was only 38. Although an official cause of death has yet to be released, multiple news outlets are reporting that Taylor actually died due to a massive overdose of GHB and possibly, several other so-called “party” or “club” drugs. Overdosing on Vacation—A Cautionary Tale “It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming [...]

CDC Exposes HUGE Increase in Opioid (Pain Medication) Overdoses: Now Killing More People Than a Common Cancer

By |2018-01-04T05:10:48+00:00December 22nd, 2017|

Are Opioids the Killers No One Saw Coming in 2016, 2017 and 2018? Opioid overdoses have been a concern for quite some time. In fact, a few years ago, they went so far as to call it an epidemic. In looking at some of the more recent facts and figures, it’s clear that we have a crisis on our hands. According to an article on U.S. News & World Report’s website, O.D. deaths have risen 21% in the last year. That is an alarming jump, and it’s more than the last four years combined. [...]

The Memory of Scott Weiland – and the Importance of Preventing Accidental Overdose

By |2017-09-18T18:18:34+00:00September 17th, 2017|

It is almost an unwritten rule that rock n’ roll and drugs go hand in hand. From the Beatles’ experimentation to the Grateful Dead’s glorification, drugs have nearly always been a part of music. Unfortunately, drug abuse and addiction have also been a part of the lives of many musicians. Twenty-five years ago, Scott Weiland released his first album with Stone Temple Pilots. Less than two years ago, the musician passed away in his sleep from an accidental drug overdose. Scott Weiland's Last Interview: In Memory of Scott Weiland – A Cautionary [...]

Opioid Overdose Stats: Why the First 90 Days of Recovery Are the Most Critical

By |2017-08-01T17:50:47+00:00July 24th, 2017|

Even a brief overview of opioid overdose stats make it clear that the first ninety days of recovery are the most critical for ensuring long-term success in the recovery process. The first step to understanding why this is the case is to understand the symptoms and statistics associated with opioid overdose. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people suffering from opioid dependence around the world increased drastically: from 10.4 million in 1990 to 15.5 million in 2010. Opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled in less than two decades, as has the sale of prescription opioid [...]

What Does a Fentanyl Overdose Look Like?

By |2017-07-05T17:59:32+00:00July 20th, 2017|

Fentanyl overdose is a very real possibility, as the tragic death of Prince last year made abundantly clear. In fact, in the United States the drug has accounted for thousands of overdose deaths over the course of the past ten years. This is because fentanyl can be abused both as a prescription opioid drug and manufactured as an illicit drug in some labs. Given this reality, the proportion of opioid overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl rose from 32 percent to 74 percent in 2016. With these startling statistics and the danger of fentanyl, it is [...]

How Colleges Are Prepping for Overdose with NARCAN Nasal Spray

By |2017-07-05T16:44:53+00:00July 9th, 2017|

In a collaborative effort with one of the country’s largest health-focused foundations, the developer of NARCAN nasal spray, a medicine used to reverse opioid overdoses, is being distributed to colleges across the United States at no cost to the institutions. And given the current opioid epidemic that’s ravaging the country, it’s sure to be a powerful force in fighting opioid abuse. NARCAN Being Distributed for Free to Universities Across the Country A recent press release distributed by Adapt Pharma states that the they are currently expanding their efforts to make NARCAN nasal spray even more [...]